Look at those feet. Yeah, those two. Way down there at the bottom of your legs. If you’re like a lot of guys, other than making sure those tootsies are clean in the shower, pulling on socks or shoes, or stepping on a lego brick, they probably don’t get too much attention. I know when I hear about guy friends of mine going for pedicures I’m always kind of giving them the side-eye…I mean, come on…even a manicure is pushing the envelope on masculine grooming for me.
But then, after a recent road trip, I looked down and noticed I had a callous (like, a big one) on the side of my big toe—something I’d never experienced before—and decided it was time to investigate the male pedicure.
Now I’m sure there are plenty of men out there who swear by their local pedicurist, but this is the kind of thing we prefer to handle at home, thank you very much. But that doesn’t mean I’m gonna skimp, either. This is gonna be a chance for me to kick back, relax, and pamper myself.
First, set the mood. OK, no, I don’t mean break out the Pure Seduction playlist on Spotify, but, yeah, get some music going. Light a candle. Shake up a cocktail. Keep a cigar at the ready if that’s your thing. Then get to work.
Tools for an At-Home Pedicure for Men
This liquid soap not only smells great, it’s also great for soothing skin irritation and treating odors. Before you go any further, get those feet extra clean. Get down there and get into all the nooks and crannies. Use a washcloth or a brush for maximum freshening.
After cleaning, soak ‘em. Toss about a half-cup of epsom salts into a small tub (no…not a Homer Bucket) with just enough warm water to cover cover your feet. Kick back and relax for about half-an-hour or so. The lavender essential oil in Epsoak’s formula adds to the overall soothing experience.
After that soak, take a pumice to any calloused areas. Wet the stone and rub it (gently!) over heels, toes, the balls of your feet, anywhere that may have gotten rough from running, wearing ill-fitting shoes, or wearing shoes without socks. A portion of every Grove shipment goes to the Arbor Day Foundation, which is a bonus because everyone likes trees.
Now that things are feeling soft and smooth, it’s time to get on those toenails. Sure, you’ve got the toenail clippers that came in the travel kit you got at…was that your high school or college graduation? Time to upgrade. Grab these pliers for a little Swiss precision. Hold your thumb over the hinge and trim away.
Yeah, I know. We’re guys. Cuticles are made to be ignored or picked, at best. Just say no. After trimming, apply this cuticle oil to help keep that layer of skin at the base of nails healthy. You’ll probably want to try it on your fingernails, too.
Follow up all that pampering with a nice moisturizer. Sure, you can use the same moisturizer you use on the rest of your body, but we are talking about an experience here, right? Ahava’s formulation is created just for feet, featuring nutrient-rich Dead Sea water, exfoliating salicylic acid and a comforting oil blend. Your feet will feel replenished from the product’s 21 essential minerals, plus it’s not greasy and absorbs quickly.
Let’s be clear. No, really. This multi-purpose clear polish provides that protective barrier we want, with just a bit of nearly unnoticeable gloss. It also contains biotin, tea tree oil, as well as cactus, ginseng and kale for added hydration. Carefully apply the polish in a nice, even manner. If you feel the need, shove cotton balls between each toe or use toe separators to prevent rubbing up against the wet polish and spoiling the finish. Lean back, enjoy that cocktail, and let the polish dry for…oh, let’s say two episodes of Netflix’s 7 Days Out.
Bring the spa experience home with this clean, fresh-smelling candle from Outdoor Fellow. It’s sandalwood and pine needle fragrance will transport you to a forest glen, and, in fact, five percent of all proceeds go to support The Trust for Public Land. From February 1st through the 14th, there’s a Valentine’s Day discount of 20 percent with code FELLOWLOVE.
Still not convinced? Here are even more reasons why every man should at least entertain the idea of a pedicure.
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